Darryl C. Towns

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Darryl C. Towns (born 1961) is the Commissioner and CEO of New York State Homes and Community Renewal agency. He is a former representative of the 54th Assembly District in the New York State Legislature, which comprises the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Bushwick, Cypress Hills, and East New York from 1993 to 2011.


Towns won the seat in the NY Assembly in September 1992, defeating 10 year incumbent Thomas Catapano.

In 1994 Towns was appointed Chairman of the Subcommittee on Mass Transit by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

From 1981 to 1986, Towns served in the United States Air Force.

Prior to his election to office, Towns also served as Director of Community Affairs at Interfaith Hospital.

In January 2007, Towns was elected chair of the State Legislature's Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic & Asian Legislative Caucus.

In 2011, Towns vacated his Assembly seat to become Commissioner and CEO of the New York State Homes and Community Renewal agency when appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Personal life[edit]

Towns is the son of former Congressman Edolphus Towns, who formerly represented the 11th and 10th Districts in Brooklyn's congressional delegation .

He is married to Karen Boykin-Towns, Vice President of Corporate Affairs at Pfizer Inc.. They have two daughters, Jasmine and Trinity.[1]

He is a graduate of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University with a degree in economics.

2011 DWI[edit]

Towns crashed his automobile and damaged the front end driving off a highway ramp in Westchester County, New York and was arrested by the police for driving while intoxicated early in the morning on July 3, 2011. He was not injured.[2] On September 19, 2011 Towns plead guilty to misdemeanor drunk driving charge and has to pay a nearly $900 fine, his driver's license was revoked, and has to complete two alcohol-abuse treatment programs.[3]


  1. ^ New York State Homes and Community Renewal - Executive Staff
  2. ^ Kaplan, Thomas. State Housing Official Arrested After Car Crash, The New York Times, July 22, 2011, accessed July 27, 2011.
  3. ^ [1]

External links[edit]

New York Assembly
Preceded by
Thomas Catapano
New York State Assembly, 54th District
Succeeded by
Rafael Espinal